What expectations should a person have going into their first online counseling session?
The first online counseling session is all about getting to know one another, and also getting to know telehealth if you've never used it before. Most people get comfortable with the technology very quickly and find that the screen tends to "fade away" a few minutes into a conversation. Your therapist will ask you questions, both about what brought you to schedule a therapy appointment as well as about other areas of your life and experiences. Their goal is to learn about you and your needs so they can best help you. While it may be a new experience to have so much focus on yourself and your life, remember that you can go at a pace most comfortable for you. The therapist will also want to be sure they are going to be able to best meet your needs. Just as in any other setting, therapists have various strengths, weaknesses, and areas of skill that may not be exactly what you need. The first therapy session is also a chance for you to think about whether the therapist is a good match for you! One of the most important factors in successful therapy is a positive connection between the therapist and client, and it is important that you as a client be sure that you feel comfortable with a therapist and confident that they will be able to help you. We encourage patients to feel empowered to work with a therapist they feel connected to, even if that isn't the first person they try. You'll also start talking about goals, or what you hope to get out of therapy. While it can help to think ahead about these things prior to your first session, don't worry if you aren't sure what your goals are or even the exact reasons why you felt motivated to start therapy. These things can be hard to put into words, and therapists are trained to help people start from scratch in better understanding their thoughts, feelings, and potential areas of improvement. The important thing is to take that first step!
Other questions related to Therapy
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- What are some common types of online therapy?
- How can one make the most of their online counseling sessions?
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- Is my online therapy visit private and secure?